You’re sitting in front of your TV – watching your favorite show. Suddenly…you realize you’re not alone. You sense a stranger in your house.
What are you going to do?
Well, the first thing you are going to do is…right now…plan your escape routes. Know what you’re going to do if the bad guy is coming in your front door. Know what you’re going to do if the bad guy is looking in your kitchen window.
Preparing for a home invasion is definitely not rocket science but it does take some focused mental preparation. Important on your list is knowing where every window and door are located. This may seem silly to ask yourself to count your own windows and doors but once you have this information organized, you can plan escape routes.
How should you leave your home if the attacker comes in the front door?
What about if you just find him in your bedroom?
What should you do to escape if you think you have more than 1 attacker?
Important in this preparation is an escape package in every room. You won’t need a lot of things but you want them organized and hidden so you can get to them quickly. Items for your escape pack include
extra car keys with remote starter
knife or other tool
phone with 911 predialed.
After you’ve thought the scenarios through, you’ll know what to put in your escape packs. Having one in every room may seem like overkill but you probably can’t control how or when you will be attacked. You can only be as prepared as possible.
Preparation is important because it’s what gives you an advantage. Unless your attacker knows you, this familiarity with doors and windows and where they open to will help you escape faster. Even if your attacker knows you, your planning will give you an advantage as you escape.
In a home invasion, your best chance of survival is through planned exits.
Keep a phone by your side always. As soon as you think someone is in your home, call 911 while you’re getting out. Don’t bother to waste any time wondering what the invader is up to. Focus your attention on getting out the door, calling the cops, making sure your life is safe.
On your way out the escape route, don’t hesitate to throw a lamp or chair or scissors, or anything else at your attacker. Have mace or pepper spray handy in every area of your home. Don’t be afraid to use it as you take off.
And, don’t just take my word on this subject. It’s too important. I invite you to go to http://www.shootingforwomenalliance.com and read Susan Carrichner Rexrode’s story. She tells it beautifully.
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“1 in 4 Women experience Sex Assault on Campus”. This headline appeared in the New York Times on September 22nd this year. Richard Perez-Pena wrote an in-depth and shocking article about campus assault and rape.
And, as detailed and shocking as the article was, there was nothing in it that women everywhere don’t already know. What we also know is that any coed experiencing rape is going to have an uphill battle when/if she reports it.
For that reason alone, I find it hard to believe the statistics. Women experience unwanted sexual advances, assault, and rape and then just keep their mouths shut.
There is much that can and needs to be done to stop this behavior. With this blog post, I’m offering one small step that can be used by all of us. It is a start…nothing more.
And, what is this one small step? A self defense ring.
Women, get a self defense ring. This is the item which will work to prove you’re not lying when/if you decide to tell your story. The self defense ring has a pronged setting or overlarge dome which will catch your attacker’s skin and flesh as you defend yourself.
It’s all too popular nowadays for rape kits to get lost. How best to hide the evidence? Well, with a self defense ring, you have your attacker’s DNA which you can keep in a box for future use if you need it.
Self defense rings don’t have to be expensive or gorgeous, even. What they do need is a setting or design high pronged enough to grab skin. I bought mine at Gabriel’s Reclaimed Jewelry in the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market in Woodstock. Richard Polhemus can be reached at 845-853-2079.
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